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Remembering Dan Haggerty: The Gentle Mountain Man

On Friday, the world sadly lost a beloved actor and animal lover, Dan Haggerty. Known for his iconic role as the gentle mountain man in “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams,” Haggerty captured the hearts of audiences with his impressive beard and his bear companion, Ben. He passed away at the age of 73 in Burbank, California, due to cancer of the spine.

Before his breakthrough role, Haggerty had already made a name for himself in Hollywood as a stuntman and animal handler. However, it was his fateful encounter with a producer that would change his life forever. Asked to act in some opening scenes for a movie about a woodsman and his bear, Haggerty agreed on one condition — he wanted to be in the entire movie.

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